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         Dear Friends,

       In this issue we take the opportunity to introduce you to the work of the Light and Healing
       Centre in Cape Town. Borne out of a desperate need in 1999 to provide meaningful
       employment opportunities for visually impaired men and woman from the informal and
       semi-formal townships, aromatherapy skills training offered the perfect solution. Now 20
       years later and in the open labour market more can be done to make Aromatherapy a
       recognised qualification and profession for the visually impaired. Please contact Avril at  for more information on how to get involved.

       We also share with you the progress report for accessible broadcasting in South Africa by
       its convener Elza-Lynne Kruger. It is a modified extract but an important one in view of
       the role digital and accessible media by service providers SABC, DSTV, MTN and Vodacom
       play in South Africa.

       We have not had an edition of the I-Opener in June and seeing that it has been all about
       children and their protection, PACSEN (Parents for Children with special educational
       needs) are keen to hear from you if you are aware of any child who has not been granted
       access to schooling. Contact Jennie Hoff on to share any data and
       concerns that you may have.

       The South African National Council for the Blind is saddened to hear of the loss of Reinette
       Popplestone who passed away on 26  July 2019 after a long illness.
       To her family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.

       We look forward to hearing from you via email on

         Anisha Ramlaul, NED

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